People are talking

Slate Article 2Ever since the Slate article by Jennifer Miller came out a few days ago, other media outlets have been picking up the story about how Mercy Multiplied is using Christianity as an excuse to withhold proper treatment to women seeking help with mental illnesses.  This author definitely did her homework (including talking to me) and she’s starting people talking…and in this case people talking is a very good thing.

 

Image: Riikka Sormunen from Slate

 

 

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Not a Medical Facility

Not a medical facilityI’m going to take a bit a break from the manual review for this post.  The holidays are impossible to get away from, and it got me thinking about how Mercy Multiplied handled the Christmas holidays.  Because Mercy Multiplied is not an actual treatment facility, residential facility, medical facility, anything facility, they simply close down for two weeks for the winter holidays.  Anybody who isn’t familiar with quality treatment programs might think that this is normal, but it’s definitely not.  I’m been in multiple different treatment centers over the holidays various different years and while there were definitely more “passes” (treatment team permission to leave the facility to visit with family or friends), they never just shut down.  Think about it…hospitals don’t shut down.  They might discharge anybody and everybody they can, but when illness is so extreme to need 24-7 round the clock care and supervision, the assumption is that there are those who aren’t well enough to leave for two weeks.

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The “eye-roll warning”… (MM’s Manual Part 10)

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.

 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9

eye-rollThis post comes with a bit of a warning…the eye roll warning.  Due to this, I recommend carefully rotating your eyes up, down, and around to prepare your ocular muscles for the involuntary eye-rolling that could be a side effect of seeing the incredible stupidity that Mercy continues to demonstrate in their so-called manual. Continue reading

Let’s talk about priorities… (MM’s Guidelines Part 9)

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.

 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8

prioritiesThe next part of this section features Mercy’s advice regarding the Human Resources department.  Their information on recruiting staff members has numerous reminders to be compliant with state and federal laws for employment and interviewing (again, they’re all about compliance and accountability—unless we’re talking about their care and treatment of residents). Continue reading

Accountants & Lawyers & Boards (Oh my!) (MM’s Manual Part 8)

 

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.

 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

BoardSo we’re going to pick back up with Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines with the second portion of the “Operations” section, which if you remember from last time, again has nothing to do with the residents or the actual treatment or ministry, but focuses on (surprise, surprise!) the organization, its image, and finances. Now, lest I be misunderstood, I’m all for financial accountability such as that that Mercy is recommending here with professionals from financial and legal backgrounds being consulted and independent audits, I just find it very hard to understand how an organization that would strongly recommend using professionals for these areas would completely eschew even basic consultation with professionals who are knowledgeable about the mental illnesses and issues that the residents themselves are dealing with—double standard anyone? Or is it just that the only people they see themselves accountable to are the donors?

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How to create a Mercy Monster (MM’s Manual Part 7)

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.

 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

monsterI’ll have to admit that I was excited when I first came to the section in the manual that was titled Operations Fundamentals.  I naively expected this section to cover aspects of residents’  treatment that had been so sorely lacking in the content up until this point.  I was disappointed (but not surprised) to realize that the operations that they are referring to are not the operations of the residential counseling ministry, but rather the operations of the non-profit that runs it.  This section is over halfway through the manual, and readers haven’t heard anything about the residents that this entire manual is supposed to enable them to minister to.

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(More) fundraising… (MM’s Manual Part 6)

Fundraising2 A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.

As much as I’d like to get off the subject of fundraising, Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines Manual seems to have more about fundraising than any other topic.  Raise your hand if you’re surprised about this…yeah, didn’t think so.  We have three more things to look at from this section: organizational ties, newsletter advice, and volunteer use.  The warnings on organizational ties seems to allude to an area of Mercy’s history that they failed to cover in their personal historical overview.

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My story is NOT for sale (MM’s Manual Part 5)

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.
 

FundraisingIn this section Mercy Multiplied continues their advice for those wanting to establish a residential counseling ministry.   It’s all about fundraising or as the subtitle of this section calls it “Developing relationships and revenue.”  Most of this information is pretty dull and common sense and easy to find elsewhere with more depth and better explanation.  I’m not sure why Mercy is sharing all this general information as if it’s something unique to their operations, but whatever their thinking, let’s take a look at some of the concerning mindsets hidden in the midst of this general knowledge. Continue reading

If Mercy ran an accounting firm… (MM’s Manual Part 4)

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.
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Mission is the topic of the next bit of the Guidelines Manual from Mercy Multiplied.  Once again we have some fairly good advice (although nothing that I didn’t find when I googled these sorts of key words).  They talk about a “values-based mission statement” and emphasize that this is what can be used to inspire materials and used as a “talking point” when recruiting volunteers.  They also say it should be the core of speeches and presentations.  I find it just a bit strange that these are the first points they make about a mission statement.   Continue reading

No Real Mercy (MM’s Manual Part 3)

A review of Mercy Multiplied’s Guidelines for Establishing a Residential Counseling Ministry.
No+MercyThe next pages in Mercy Multiplied’s manual are dedicated to the idea of vision.  There’s actually a lot in this section that I agree with—at least on the surface.  I do think that it’s important to know where you want to go with something, what your goals are, and how you intend to build the organization or business or ministry.  These are important things to consider regardless of what your endeavor is.
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